I just applied clear shellac (Bullseye brand, not mixed myself) to a
test strip over a boiled linseed oil treated piece of white oak (that
had been ammonia fumed). The color and everything looks great, but it
appears too glossy for my taste. Does shellac come in different
sheens? A satin would seem about right...
If it doesn't come premixed in different sheens, (a) can it be mixed
to different sheens from flakes, and (b) are there methods to reduce
the gloss without dulling the nice, deepening effect it seems to have?
Thanks for any ideas.
Or just to ring the changes here, my favoured abrasive for dulling
shellac is rottenstone. If you want it really dull, use 6/0 pumice.
3/0 pumice is too coarse.
I don't use steel wool on oak, because of the tannin content. There
always seems to be fragments left behind, and that can give you future
troubles with iron stain.
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Since it's already done, wait until the shellac is cured, rub it out
_lightly_ with 0000 steel wool and paste wax, then buff with a soft cloth.
You can use mineral spirits to make a slurry with the paste wax. As long as
you don't rub down to the wood you shouldn't have any trouble with steel
wood on oak.
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